At KnowledgeWorks, we partner with states, school districts and educators to create learning communities and systems that can truly ensure each student graduates ready for what’s next for them. This work is all about people and community creating the future of learning, together. It’s about helping individuals lead change in pursuit of equitable and meaningful personalized learning. It’s about supporting each learner – students and educators – to own their learning.
While each person may be at a different place in their work to shift classroom, school or district practices, chances are there are others in similar roles who have been in the same place or are wrestling with similar challenges. But, opportunities to connect and collaborate can be few and far between, and getting the help you need when you need it is not always easy.
This is why KnowledgeWorks is committed to doing more to help connect personalized learning leaders across state lines, districts and schools. To dig deep in this area, we are pulling together a new fellowship of educators who share our passion for community, peer-to-peer learning and empowering educators as leaders in personalized learning.
What is the Fellowship?
The KnowledgeWorks Personalized Learning Community Fellowship will bring together instructional leaders from multiple states to co-design a peer-to-peer learning community for instructional coaches, building leaders, teacher leaders and educators working to scale personalized, competency-based learning.
For six months, Personalized Learning Community Fellows will work with KnowledgeWorks to:
- Grow a community of practice, specifically focused on supporting educators’ shift to personalized, competency-based learning
- Design and lead activities focused on connecting educators and sharing knowledge across multiple states
- Contribute to the development of new resources and peer-to-peer learning opportunities
- Advise on strategies to effectively engage, equip and connect a diverse and inclusive community of practice
Selected fellows will receive a $1,000 stipend for their contributions and a two-year membership to the KnowledgeWorks online community with access to future virtual peer-to-peer learning opportunities beyond the six-month fellowship period. Fellows will also have opportunities to learn from each other’s practices and explore community management best practices.
To be considered for this fellowship, applicants must meet the following criteria:
- Current or recent experience in an instructional coaching, teacher leader, building leader or similar role responsible for coaching educators on personalized learning practices
- Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion
- Ability to contribute a unique and relevant perspective, experience or skill set to the group
- Must be able to commit to the following activities and time commitments:
- Attend a one-day in-person convening in Cincinnati, OH on March 19, 2020. Travel costs will be paid by KnowledgeWorks.
- Participate in monthly 60-minute virtual fellowship meetings during school hours to collaborate on network engagement and growth strategies.
- Regularly share experiences, lessons learned and classroom examples via our online community
- Contribute to the planning and execution of virtual peer-to-peer network activities as determined by the group
- Contribute to the facilitation and moderation of online discussions and resource sharing
Selection process and timeline
Applications are open to anyone who meets the criteria above, and individuals do not need to be currently working with KnowledgeWorks through a district support contract to be considered.
Application deadline: February 14, 2020
Fellow selection announcement: On or before February 28, 2020
If you have any questions about the fellowship or the application process, please reach out to Emily Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org.